Posts Tagged ‘Rochester’

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New Royal Mail Centre – Strood, Kent

Sunday July 24, 2011

The Royal Mail’s new mail centre has sprung up out of the ground in Strood, Kent.  Easily visible from the Rochester side of the Medway, it’s due to be operational in 2012.

[Update, 24th Jan 2012: I’ve uploaded an aerial shot of the Mail Centre which I took in October (Click Here)]

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Heavy Snow… Again

Saturday December 18, 2010

BBC ImageMore heavy snow today here in Rochester.  Gatwick has been closed again and the roads in Rochester are getting covered in the white stuff.

Nothing much will be moving later today and the Dahon is still stuck inside – there’s no way that’s getting out this weekend.  The latter half of this year has been pretty poor for cycling and the bikes haven’t been out a great deal.  😦

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Rochester’s Esplanade – GigaPan

Friday July 23, 2010

Rochester Esplanade - Gigapan

Took another GigaPan image last weekend, this time of Rochester’s Esplanade from the opposite side of the River Medway.

Follow this link to view the image: http://gigapan.org/gigapans/54680/

Once at the GigaPan site, you can zoom in and scroll around to explore the image.

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Buddy Guy, Quo and the Castle Proms

Sunday July 18, 2010

Buddy Guy - OnstageA month of live music for me this month!  Buddy Guy at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire at the beginning of the month got things started.  I’ve been a Buddy Guy fan for quite a few years but failed to get to see him in his own club ‘Legends‘ when I regularly visited Chicago.  I was therefore very keen to  see him in London when I saw that he was playing one night there.

It was an excellent show with Buddy truly entertaining the crowd as opposed to just singing some songs.  At one point he left the stage and walked through the public area playing his guitar and singing as the crowd parted in front of him – everybody in total awe.

Last night, Saturday 17th,  was the last night of the Castle Concerts at Rochester Castle.  Every year Medway Council puts on four nights of concerts in the grounds of the Castle, this year it was: Status Quo, Will Young, The Saturdays and finally the Castle Proms with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

I managed to see Status Quo on Wednesday night and also went to the Castle Proms last night, Saturday.  Both were fantastic events – unfortunately I forgot my camera on the night of Status Quo!

The ‘Quo concert was sold out (around 4,500 people) and the atmosphere was fantastic.

The Castle Proms was a more sedate affair with people with tables, chairs, dinner jackets and wine.  Well, I say sedate… it was until the patriotic songs came on in true ‘last night of the proms’ style and the flags were waved and the choruses sung loudly!  An amazing night topped off with some great fireworks!

Photos over on Flickr.

Patriotic Castle

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307 Miles For Charity

Sunday April 18, 2010

At the beginning of 2010 I was keen to make the most of the year ahead and to get out and spend more time on my bikes.  I began to plan a number of rides and challenges, from short local rides to longer more intense ‘journeys’.

One of the major journeys I was planning was to cycle from my home in Rochester, Kent, to my parents’ home in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire – a distance in excess of 300 miles (483km).  Then I began thinking a little more about it…

In the latter half of 2009 my father was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones.  I didn’t know much about the disease so thought I’d take a look around.  Then I found the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), a registered charity, which supports sufferers and families in addition to funding awareness and research programmes.

So, with that in mind, I decided to cycle the 300+ miles and raise money for the MNDA at the same time…

Read the full story of my charity cycle ride, my struggles, the kit I took and review my route via this link.

(Click the link above to view my full Charity Ride report or click below to donate to the cause!)

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First Cycle Of 2010

Sunday January 24, 2010

I broke the Trek out this afternoon and went out for a leisurely ride.  Covered just under eight miles, looking around and taking in the changes around the town.  There’s a new Premier Inn being built near the M2 motorway bridge so I had a quick look at that from the bridge and then down at ground level, not sure when it is scheduled to open but it’s popped up quite quickly over the past month or so.

I got up to just short of 30mph on one of the down hill sections and it was great to be out with the wind in my face after having been off the bikes for such a relatively long period of time.

This was my first outing in 2010, hopefully the first of many.  Now I just need to plan my major rides and excursions for the year and spend some more time in the saddle.

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Two Factors Preventing Cycling

Sunday December 6, 2009

Two factors, this weekend, prevented the bikes getting an airing:

  1. The Weather – Saturday morning was pretty rough but it did improve through the day but then the heavens opened again in the evening and the rains fell.  First thing Sunday morning was similar, but again things cleared up nicely.
  2. Dickensian Christmas – Another one of Rochester’s annual festivals.  This one brings loads (!) of visitors to the town so everywhere was packed.  No cycling in the high street this weekend.

I did venture out today though, Sunday, to see what was going on in town; to sample the ‘Dickensian’ atmosphere.

It was packed!

High Street was shoulder to shoulder with locals and tourists all trying to see the procession and to sample the foods for sale.  The Castle Gardens had been invaded by a fair and people roamed the town dressed in antique clothing and as Dickens characters.

More photos over on Flickr.

Town Crier

Dickensian Fun

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